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Asus S56CA 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.8GHz 6GB 750GB HDD+SSD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.8GHz 6GB Apr 2013
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Beyond being extra thin and light, ASUS S56 ultrabooks pack a full feature set in just 21mm. The cool grey hairline design expresses a personal professional approach. One-piece molded top casing... More
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11 Reasons For

Asus Has Good Laptop Reviews

We checked 3,771 expert and owner reviews for Asus portable PCs and found that on average Asus has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Asus has good reviews specifically within its ultrabooks range.

Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Across all the similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 800MHz to 1,300MHz. The Asus S56CA has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (1,100 megahertz) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Asus S56CA has a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other laptops of this type and age which do not have a full-size keyboard.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a full-size keyboard to this portable PC and we think cheaper laptops such as the Toshiba Z930, and the Lenovo T440s is also worth considering.

It is worth considering other portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard including the Fujitsu LifeBook U904.

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Has a Front Camera

The Asus S56CA has a front camera. Most of the other portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to the S56CA also have a front camera.

There are a number of other laptops with a front camera currently available which you might want to look at including the X240, or the X240 both from Lenovo or the Toshiba Z930 which is cheaper.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Asus S56CA supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most laptops of a comparable age and type to it. Most similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This laptop's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all ultrabooks that have been around for more than two years.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of laptop.

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Very Big Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Asus S56CA's screen size is one of the biggest amongst ultrabooks that are a similar age to the S56CA. The average screen size of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 14".

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of comparable spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the S56CA is 360GB. At 750 gigabytes, the Asus S56CA has a quite big total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Asus S56CA is a two USB 2.0 port laptop.

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

Across all the portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the S56CA the hard drive capacity range from 120GB to 1TB. With a hard drive capacity of 750 gigabytes, the Asus S56CA has one of the bigger hard drive capacity amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

The Asus S56CA has a maximum memory slots of 2x SO-DIMM. That's over two times the memory slots of the most common memory slot of 1x SO-DIMM.

This portable PC's memory slots (2x SO-DIMM) is actually the best memory slots amongst all portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the S56CA.

A 1x SO-DIMM memory slot is the worst memory slots across similar types of portable PC.

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13 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The Asus S56CA is a one PCI Express lane (max) portable PC.

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Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

The Asus S56CA is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port portable PC. Most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the S56CA have between one and three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Heavy

With a weight of 2.3 kilograms, the Asus S56CA is one of the heaviest ultrabooks that are a similar age to the S56CA amongst portable PCs of this age. The average weight of similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the S56CA is 1.6kg, and the weights range from 870g to 3.3kg.

If you are not worried about having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the U410 (1.8kg and cheaper), the U410 (1.8kg and cheaper), or the U410 (1.8kg and cheaper) all from Lenovo.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other laptops that were launched around the same time as the S56CA, the Asus S56CA does not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other laptops with a touch sensitive screen and we think the Lenovo X240 which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Only 24 Solid-State Drive Capacity

Most ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the S56CA have between 16 and 511 solid-state drive capacity, including the Asus S56CA which has 24 solid-state drive capacity.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and type.

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Only SonicMaster Audio System

This portable PC audio system, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

Most comparable spec laptops that were launched more than two years ago have between one and three USB 3.0 ports, including the Asus S56CA which has one USB 3.0 port.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of only 2,950 milliamperes * hour, the Asus S56CA has one of the smaller battery capacities amongst ultrabooks of this age. The smallest battery capacity of ultrabooks that have been available for a comparable time to the S56CA is 14mAh and the biggest is 7,300mAh.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of notebook PCs that are a similar age to the S56CA range from 23Wh to 70Wh, and the average battery capacity is 46Wh. At only 44 watt-hours, the Asus S56CA has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the S56CA.

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Thick

Across all the ultrabooks that have been on the market for more than two years the heights range from 6mm to 31mm, and the average height is 19mm. With a height of 21 millimeters, the Asus S56CA is one of the thicker laptops of this age and spec amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Very Slow Hard Drive Speed

Across all the ultrabooks that were launched around the same time as the S56CA the hard drive speeds range from 5,400 RPM to 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 6,000 RPM. With a hard drive speed of only 5,400 revolutions per minute, the Asus S56CA has a quite slow hard drive speed compared to most of the other ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the S56CA.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Asus S56CA

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Asus laptop has been on the market for over three years.

Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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Average Internal Memory

The Asus S56CA has a fairly standard internal memory (6 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 6GB internal memory portable PCs currently available including the Toshiba Z930 which is cheaper.

If this notebook PC internal memory is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Latitude 14 E7440 (8GB), or the Latitude 14 E7240 (8GB) both from DELL or the Lenovo X1 Carbon (8GB).

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Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.8 gigahertz, the Asus S56CA has a fairly average processor clock speed compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the S56CA.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 1.8GHz processor clock speed portable PCs currently available including the Toshiba Z930 which is cheaper.

Portable PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth looking at include the Lenovo X240 (1.9GHz and cheaper).

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HDD Storage Medium

The Asus S56CA has an HDD storage medium which is better than most laptops that have been around for around the same time as it. Most ultrabooks that have been around for a comparable time to it have an SSD storage medium. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Device Type
Colour
Product Type
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
L3 Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
3D Compatible
Full HD
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Audio
Audio System
Camera
Networking
4G WiMAX
Cabling
Data Network
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
WiFi Standard
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
CardBus PCMCIA Slot
ExpressCard Slot
Docking Connector
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
VGA Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel VPro Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
CPU Configuration (max)
Processor Package Size
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Power
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology

Expert Reviews

(10)
12 May 2013

The Asus VivoBook S56CA-DH31-CA ultrabook boasts an integrated DVD burner, reasonable price tag, and generous two-year warranty...

10 May 2013

Although the Asus VivoBook S56CA-DH31-CA boasts an integrated DVD burner, reasonable price tag, and generous two-year warranty, its subpar keyboard and average performance hold it back from...

8 January 2013

Buying Guide 25 best laptops in the world Let's get this bit out of the way: Is the Asus S56CA a good Ultrabook? No. It's too heavy, too large, too noisy and too slow. But is it a good mid-range...

8 January 2013

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11 December 2012

As a very recent release, the S56CA unsurprisingly runs Windows 8, which we?ve noted before isn?t ideal for a device without a touchscreen such as this. So a third-party widget to reinstate the...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 11 April 2013 by Ryan L.

I don't know what the first reviewer is talking/mad about. First is stating Cons that it isn't a "Touchscreen" that's because it's not. Windows 8 "steep" learning curve? I have recently setup... Read more…

Reviewed 10 December 2012 by Brad H.
(Verified Purchase)

For $500, I thought it was a great deal for what you get. I don't think you can find a better laptop for that price (I looked)...

Reviewed 9 December 2012 by Ian W.
(Verified Purchase)

I am very happy with this ultrabook given the $500 price tag. It is perfect for daily usage. Handles most recent/older games well, though the integrated graphics aren't the best. My only real... Read more…

Reviewed 30 November 2012 by Jayme A.
(Verified Purchase)

- The Newegg description doesn't mention that it has bluetooth, but it does. - The Newegg description says it's upgradeable to 8gb of RAM, but I put in an 8gb stick of RAM along with the default... Read more…

Reviewed 11 February 2013 by William P.

Bought this for my girlfriend to replace an old AMD turion x2 powered laptop. She likes the portability and the decent graphics power of the ivy bridge intel hd 4000. Complains about wireless and... Read more…

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+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers asus s56, asus s56c, s56caxx206, asus s56ca, s56caxx206h, asus b01kt84, asus hdd4324, asus hdd4324g, asus b01kt84t, asus s56cadh51, asus b01kt84tn, asus hdd4324gb, asus b01kt84tng
Barcodes 04716659459248, 06953040925151, 06953040950252
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